Monday, January 18, 2010

Healthy Monday: Buying Organic

Here at Earth Friendly Weddings, I typically like to start off the week with a "Healthy Monday" post. This can cover anything from nutrition, weight loss, fitness, recipes, well being, and tips on leading a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

The old joke about Whole Foods is that it's so pricey, it's typically referred to as "Whole Paycheck". I remember going there for lunch one day and spending the equivalent of a full meal at a restaurant. Of course, that could have been because I got a little all-natural-food-happy, but let's face it: Organic, all natural, grass fed, free range, etc... it can put a strain on your wallet. And so can a wedding! If you're responsible for your own wedding in the monetary sense, you might find yourself in the midst of sticking to a really tight budget or maybe just watching your finances a little closer, but here's one way to make your buck go farther. You don't necessarily have to buy all organic fruits and vegetables. For instance, the Environmental Working Group notes that pineapple, avocado, and onions are less dangerous in their non-organic form, while apples, bell peppers, and peaches should be bought in an organic variety. They've even got a whole list of products, broken down into two categories, so you'll know what's safe and what it isn't! It's designed to fit in your wallet and be easy peasy to use - get your own here.

Photo by Lucyrk in LA


Laura said...

I'm the same way! I try to eat organic as much as possible but my budget sometimes won't allow it. So I never buy bananas or any fruit, vegetable or legume that has a hard shell/skin on the outside. To me it seems like a little bit of extra protection from the chemicals. So I splurge on organic fruit and veggies that are more "exposed".

TheCluelessCrafter said...

I have been using these guidelines for sometime and find that it really does cut the expense.

I also am bummed to find that Whole Body doesn't even mean wholesome. I love the lavender body wash, only to find that it has horrible things in it!

The message: caveat emptor.

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